Telephone News

CenturyLink is now Lumen Technologies

More name changes and more confusion on the telecom front. CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel, Embarq, Sprint, United Telephone, Qwest, US West, and a number of Baby Bells) is now called Lumen technologies, effective Sept. 18, 2020. https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8524356-centurylink-rebrands-as-lumen/ They will continue to market their residential and small business services as CenturyLink, but… Read more »

Vintage Princess Phones

Nice website that talks about Princess phone history: https://clickamericana.com/topics/home-garden/vintage-princess-phones-the-popular-compact-color-telephones-with-a-lit-rotary-dial  

The Death of Sprint

The Death of Sprint – once a force to be beckoned with, is now history. A good synopsis can be found here: https://blog.telegeography.com/sprint-reaches-the-finish-line-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-american-telco Eventually I’ll get around to writing a page about this history and demise of Sprint. That may take a while. But it is on my To-Do list.

How does MF signaling work?

The Connections Museum in Seattle released a new video today called “How does MF Signalling work”.

Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/technology/ann-syrdal-who-helped-give-computers-a-female-voice-dies-at-74.html As a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa. Dr. Sydral’s research at Bell Labs in speech synthesis was incorporated into AT&T’s Natural Voices, which in 1998 was cutting edge technology. It was later the foundation for the modern Siri… Read more »